Sara Hagerman, BSc (Hons), PGDip, MBACP
I am a registered psychotherapist/counsellor, as well as a counselling psychologist in the final stage of training, with many years of experience in the NHS, universities and schools, cancer and mental health charities, youth homelessness and in refugee support.
I believe that therapy allows you to take a more active role in understanding and experiencing your emotions. When we are not aware of our emotions or ideas, it can mean we act out certain behaviours – or experience certain feelings - without knowing why. And while we might be able to tolerate this for some time – perhaps even for a long time - I believe there is a difference between surviving and living.
Developing a closer – or less mysterious - relationship with ourselves can allow us to go beyond living life passively and begin to really experience it.
I find that many of us underestimate the effect that living can have on us. Our upbringings, environment, the pressures of society – these things can all accumulate and make it difficult for us to understand who we are, or be at peace with how we feel.
My therapy is underpinned by the belief that no-one is fundamentally broken. We may all face struggles – some of us profound ones – but we all also have the potential find our way back to a better way of being, and a better relationship with ourselves.
Areas of specialty and special interest:
· Depression, and how this can be a clue to other areas of need.
· Existential concerns, particularly concerning meaning and purpose.
· Interpersonal difficulties, and our patterns in relationships.
· Sexual abuse and trauma, and its complex effects on people’s lives.
I also work with issues to do with kink/BDSM, and alternative/non-traditional relationship styles (including polyamory and non-monogamy), and I am dedicated to practicing in a non-judgmental and intersectional manner, regardless of ethnicity, culture, disability, gender or sexuality. I have a particular interest in working with non-monogamous, polyamorous, or open couples or individuals, as well as with non-binary and bisexual clients.
I am a native Swedish speaker and can thus work with clients in Swedish/Norwegian/Danish if this is your preference.
I am also experienced in working with expat clients and issues concerning cultural differences and nomadic living.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am trained in multiple modalities and therapeutic techniques. My training as a counsellor is in Pluralistic Therapy, which is a collaborative approach that integrates different theories and skills, and is guided primarily by the goals and direction of the client, as well as by the current psychotherapeutic evidence base. In other words, we work on what you think is important - in the way that best suits you.
As such, I believe (and the current research evidence supports this) that there is no one right way to do therapy. Rather, what causes positive change is a therapeutic relationship which values and honours the uniqueness of the client, and adapts itself to the client’s needs and wants at that moment in their life.
I am currently writing up my doctoral research as part of the final segment of a Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology. This is a three year long intensive programme which has further enhanced my clinical experience and skill. Specifically, it has trained me in-depth in humanistic therapy, psychodynamic therapy, as well as CBT (including third wave approaches).
I have worked with clients with a wide range of needs, including trauma and PTSD, panic and anxiety, depression, suicidal feelings, anger, OCD, experience of sexual assault or rape, divorce and relationship issues, bereavement, chronic health problems, and many others.
I welcome the chance to speak to new clients on the phone to see whether you feel we could work together. This is usually a 15 or 20 minute conversation in which we talk over what you feel you need help with, and you have a chance to find out a bit more about me and how I work.
· Member of BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy), as well as Graduate Member of BPS (British Psychological Society) and DCoP (Division of Counselling Psychology) in-training Member
· Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology - University of Roehampton (ongoing)
· Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling - University of Abertay
· COSCA Counselling Skills Certificate - University of Abertay
· BSc (Hons.) Psychology - University of Dundee
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug addiction
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic attacks
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Cross-cultural issues and difficulties surrounding expat and nomadic living.
Complex trauma and experiences of rape and sexual assault.
Sexuality and relationship concerns, including concerns surrounding kink and BDSM.
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Cognitive analytic therapy (CAT)
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Compassion-Focused Therapy
- Couples counselling
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I offer a free of charge initial phone consultation (15-20 minutes), where we can discuss what you would like from therapy, as well as the practicalities of setting up an initial session.
I operate a sliding scale so please contact me to discuss fees.
I offer concessions and lower rates for those on low-income (subject to availability).
I prefer to see clients on a weekly or twice weekly basis, but am also available for more ad hoc work.
If there is difficulty in attending a physical location regularly due to work or travel commitments I work through online video or phone sessions.
Longer sessions can be arranged upon request.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
|Other languages:||Swedish, Norwegian, Danish|
Normal working hours. Early mornings and evenings. Weekends upon request.
Types of client